BAGUIO CITY – This year a total of 256 SM Foundation graduates were presented to Mr. Henry Sy, Sr. and other members of the Sy family during the 21st Presentation of Graduates held at SMX Convention Center, MOA last June 28. Out of these 256 graduates nationwide, 74 finished with Latin Honors.
The SM scholar graduates of school year 2016–2017 gathered for a testimonial dinner together with their benefactor, the proud parents, officials of partner schools of SM Foundation Inc., members of the academe, SM officials, clients and friends of the SM Group. The graduates are treated to a special IMAX showing in MOA moviehouses.
In Baguio City, there were seven graduates mostly from Saint Louis University. Leading the Baguio scholars is Heather Ann Pulido who took up BSED English at Saint Louis University and graduated summa cum laude. The other scholars who graduated from the same university are Andra Marie B.Garcia with a degree of BS Electronics & Comm. Engineering, magna cum laude; Arvin Jay G. Gaw -BS Information Technology, cum laude; Rother Jon P. Bobiles- BS Information Technology, Zyjazz D. De Guzman- BSBA Financial Management, Matthew Ezra M. Labre- BS Information Technology and Crisjan Ira Kashmir J. Ramboyong- BS Management Accounting.
An exclusive job fair was also held for scholars preceding the event. They were interviewed by the human resources team of participating SM companies which include SM Investments, Inc., Shopping Center Management Corp., SM Store, SM Retail, SM Food Group (Supermarket, Hypermarket, Savemore and Alfamart etc.
The SM Foundation qualifies its scholarship program graduates from public high schools with an average grade of 88 and above at least up to the second grading. The annual income of the parents, who mostly are farmers, fishermen, jeepney drivers and laborers, should not exceed P150,000.
The presentation of the SM Foundation graduate scholars is an annual tradition of the Sy family since the scholarship program produced its first batch of graduates in 1997.
By Dexter A. See